This week… some impressive results in Tassie, Thursday’s road race at Jamieson and the TNE film shoot.
Derby Enduro Results
Round two of the Shimano Asia-Pacific Continental Endure Series was held this weekend at Derby in north east Tasmania and a number of MMBCC members travelled across Bass Strait to compete.
Congratulations to Dan Friday who finished 64th in a red-hot Elite Men’s category, Dave Empey finished 19th in Masters Men, Matt Empey finished 4th in Junior Men and… drum roll please… Elise Empey won the Junior Women!
Round three will be held at Mt Buller on the first weekend of December.
Bakks pinches it!
The MMBCC ventured to Jamieson on Thursday 8 November for a handicap race out to Sailor Bills Creek and back. On a beautiful evening, they were lead off by the Limit group of Courtney Lynch and Tony Morris; a high-quality Scratch group of Dave Moore, Tom Macmunn, Mauro Brega, Damain Grundy and Steve Duke were the last to leave.
In one of the rides of the night, Lynch almost made it… being caught by Scratch with only a few hundred metres to go.
Dave Moore made the most of his recent good form to lead Scratch to the finish and seemingly had it won with a 20 metre gap and only 100 metres to go.
But Darren Bakker had other ideas!
He missed last week with injury, suffering plumber’s back after too much roofing work. A week later, after some rest and extracurricular shower work, and starting in the Block group, he had enough punch for a loooong sprint to take a crafty win.
Moore took second (and fastest) ahead of fellow back marker Grundy. Lynch proved her mettle by hanging on for a gallant fourth. Then came Brega, Allan Gerrans, Kody Appleton, Jarrod Appleton, Cam Lachal and Steve Duke rounded out the top ten. The results and an up-to-date points tally are here.
Many thanks to all our officials and volunteers, to the Courthouse Hotel for the post-race refuelling and to Tony Copland for the pics.
Next week is the Alain Guerin Memorial Handicap on the Whitfield Road, finishing atop the dreaded Coombesberg; entries by Wednesday 8pm the usual way please.
Ride High Country
This week Tourism North East are producing a campaign called Ride High Country which aims to promote NE Victoria as 'Australia's Premiere Cycling Destination.' They’re taking Paul van der Ploeg, a Mount Beauty local and former XC Mountain Bike World Champion, across the northeast to film MTBing, road riding, rail trail and gravel riding.
Here are a couple of requests (from TNE) :
1) As it's a summer campaign, we would like everyone in short sleeves and legs (3/4 is fine);
2) Paul is wearing BLUE throughout the campaign, so ideally no-one else should wear blue; and
3) It would be great if each rider was wearing different kit/colour. If you can bring an alternative top that would be great.
If you can spare some time this week, please call Ric Williamson from Hand Cut Productions on 0434 815 358.